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Fighting Against Blood Diamonds

In the late 1990s the Sierra Leone and Angola civil wars put the issue of conflict diamonds at the forefront of global consciousness. The broader jewellery industry was unfairly demonised as contributing to these conflicts, but nonetheless, the industry as a collective took a firm stand against conflict diamonds by passing a resolution that changed the diamond trade forever.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was the first ever proposed by an industry body and was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. This significant, game-changing resolution brought industry, governments and civil society together to crack down on the illegal conflict diamond trade, responsible for funding civil conflicts in the developing world.

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